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    Default Re: initial setup EP45-UD3L

    For RAID, as in RAID 0 striped array, you'll have to set that up in the Intel RAID BIOS first, which means the drives will be totally wiped as it sets stripe size and configures the array etc.

    The work around I referred to just sets XP to use AHCI, which allows the use of Native Command Queueing and hot swapping. It's also slightly faster than the older Legacy IDE standard, though not by much and sometimes not at all.

    So to clarify, RAID will need the Intel ICH RAID drivers and as Lsdmeasap said, two identical drives of the same model and max capacity. You will be fine if the drives have different firmware etc (if normal HDD's, if SSD, flash to the same). My RAID config with two WD2000JS drives went fine. One was purchased 8 months later, was a different colour and had NCQ firmware. I just disabled NCQ on the drive that had it and it went hickup free.

    To continue un-RAIDed, apply the AHCI tweak (use the right reg file for the ICH type you have) and you're done. Reboot, go to BIOS right away, set AHCI then save and exit.
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    Default Re: initial setup EP45-UD3L

    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho101 View Post
    To continue un-RAIDed, apply the AHCI tweak (use the right reg file for the ICH type you have) and you're done. Reboot, go to BIOS right away, set AHCI then save and exit.
    The method I linked is not the one with the reg file.

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    Default Re: initial setup EP45-UD3L

    EP45-UD3L is only ICH10 not ICH10R

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chike View Post
    The method I linked is not the one with the reg file.
    Yes? I didn't mention anything about the link you posted. The one on the MS knowledge base is what I refered to in my posts, and requires you extract the AHCI driver from Intel Matrix Storage Manager using the -a switch, then run a reg file, reboot to the BIOS, set AHCI, boot to windows, install Matrix storage manager to make certain all registry entries are as Intel intended then reboot again. This has the advantage of working with XP, XPx64, Vista, Vistax64, Win7, and Win7x64.

    For the record, I recently installed XP so I could create a backup image to restore in case I needed to use XP quickly for some reason. Using the method you linked to did not work. The driver was the correct version needed, but Device Manager simply refused to let me choose it after clicking "Have Disk". It was the correct version because using the same driver and the MS KB method worked fine.

    If you read the comments for that guide, there's a lot of people who also could not get this to work, one way or another.

    This method is valid for both the ICH10R and standard ICH10, if it supports AHCI, which I believe it does. It's not essential to change but it offered a good improvement for me. My SSD read went from 250MB/s to 269MB/s and random 4K writes rose from 49MB/s to 60MB/s. In combination with the XP disk cache tweaks, it offered me a huge performance boost.
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    Default Re: initial setup EP45-UD3L

    Yes I did read the comments for this method, it doen't work with acer 4530, too bad for them. Comment 32 from another happy GB user shows it does work.

    I have tried the reg file method but I could not find one for ICH10 and tryin to edit it myself did not came up well either.

    It must be done exactly as showed. After installing Intel Matrix Storage Manager eith -a right click IDE Channel, choose update, then select the infi from the driver folder.
    Adding hardware does not work, won't let you choose anything even after selection the right inf.

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    There is clearly a reg file to cut and paste for each IC from ICH 7 to 10R, maybe you missed it or went right to the MS KB article. The handy guide I used links to it and provides reg foles for you to save on the cut and paste. Also if it doesn't work on one chipset it may not work on another. Any number of reasons can make a method not work. For instance you could have two with the same board and ICH and one may have issues. The manual extraction and reg file is a guaranteed result for all Windows versions. That's the beauty of it. No searching around for OS specific methods, just a simple catch all solution.
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    Default Re: initial setup EP45-UD3L

    I don't recall any MS Knowledge base result that came up when I was googling for a solution, I had some from forums.

    Anyway I am not debating the reg method doesn't work or claim the one I linked would or is better, I am just presenting an option to the OP.

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    Default Re: initial setup EP45-UD3L

    I didn't say you weren't Chike, you mentioned it, not I.
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    Default Re: initial setup EP45-UD3L

    It appears the problem is more with XP than anything else. I read a few forums that suggested "adding in the driver" through control panel then
    change it in the bios,this sounds like a risk to loose all data. I am guessing
    those running 7 or vista don't have this problem as XP came out before
    AHCI. I had the bios set to AHCI in the bios and installed the drivers F6
    as the manual stated. The system does and did not "SEE any HD's. I had
    no option but to go back to the bios and go into IDE basically then install
    windows.

    With this MOBO and OS can I enable AHCI and not loose my current setup? I have to HD's, drive C has 137gig part. with my OS, D: is the
    remainder of drive formatted and E: is 500gig formated with my data.

    Drives are the same.

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    Your data's perfectly safe, you will loose nothing. The methods whole reason for being used is to enable AHCI after installation. If it destroyed date there would be no use for it.
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